Ex-NFL Player And Congressional Candidate Pours Cold Water On “Black National Anthem”

(Tea Party PAC) – Utah GOP congressional candidate and former NFL player Burgess Owens slammed the National Football League for deciding to air the “black national anthem” before season-opening games this season.

This concept alone is a disturbing one, as if black people are their own nation rather than Americans, like all of us.

How can segregating ourselves into different groups be at all helpful in the fight to actually end racism in our country?! Aren’t we moving backwards?

Owens was infuriated at the NFL’s move, declaring that “there is no ‘black national anthem.’”

“There is no ‘black national anthem.’ Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?” Owens tweeted on Thursday.

Breitbart explains:

Owens was responding to the the NFL’s announcement that it intends to begin playing the song, Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, a song that many blacks have taken to calling “the black national anthem.”

The league says that the “black national anthem” will be played before the Star Spangled Banner prior to all Week 1 games.

The song was created in 1905 from a 1900 poem written by James Weldon Johnson, an early leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Owens has also recently called out the league for pandering to ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who made a name for himself not for his football skills, but for kneeling during the national anthem. Owens quite rightly accused him of being a “Marxist.”

“If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game,” Owens told Sports Illustrated last month.

“We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that’s what it comes down to,” Owens said. “I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way; they don’t understand the price paid. They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and [also] that we’re not an evil country. There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.”

“If it was a meritocracy, he would be out there anyway; he would work hard; he would prove himself,” Owens added. “He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position. We’re looking at Affirmative Action for a Marxist. We’re approving their ideology.

On Tuesday, Burgess won his primary race for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District by nearly 20 points. In November, he’ll face off against freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in the swing district’s race.

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  11. Let us not forget that America is not just black or white, but red, yellow and brown, and various mixes of the five.

    America was never to be about the color of one’s skin, but that ALL were CREATED EQUAL by the One True GOD.

    One of us is NO BETTER than another –

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  13. This is simple, BLM was an honest movement, but the take over by ANTIFA changed it to violence and Marxism/Communist. That violence has enraged most Americans and this article is correct. It is causing more segregation and racism. You can not force people to believe a certain way. They do or they don’t. Done properly with education/some peaceful demonstration people can open their minds to change and acceptance.

    This movement has backfired. NASCAR can ban the confederate flag. Your forcing people to believe in other values they chose not to believe or they want to represent their heritage and history. Does not mean racism or disrespect. But it is being made into an issue thus it backfires. All that will be accomplished when forced, is the attendance will diminish and TV’s will be turned off. The one racist accusation by the only Black driver turn out with an FBI investigation to be false. Again the movement is backfiring.

    The NBA paintOmg BLM on the floors of each arena. This will also backfire. As this article states you are forcing others to believe in a movement in the wrong way. Fans want to see the teams names when watching, not constantly reminding BLM through out the whole game. Names of victims in patches and arm bands, like other movements, cancer, death of an NBA star, AIDS awareness can have the same impact.

    But no matter what sport, changing the National Anthem as second in line to some BLM anthem is seriously going to backfire. No no died defendI guess that anthem. And kneeling in any sport during the National Anthem either NBA, NHL, NFL, MBA, etc, will only infuriate people. People Black, White, Red, Yellow, Brown, and so on have paid with blood for that flag and Anthem. That is not the case with the BLM anthem. There will be more segregation and racism for this decision. People will also choose to not attend or turn the TV to something else. America is not a Communist country where you can force believe and behavior unjustly. This is Marxist and Communist driven. This is going to backfire in every way. This gentleman is correct.

    BLM, go back to the drawing board, throw out Communism and come up with an non violent educational plan. Do not force mass people and you will find acceptance and change.

  14. This is an easy choice for me, I wont be watching any more NFL Football or buying any more of their merchandise. I have been a football fan for 55 years but its not about football anymore so I am done with it. Hope there are more out there who feel the same way.

  15. It is totally evident Kaepernick has no respect for the military. If he had to fight for American freedom and defend this country and that flag then I guarantee you him and the other idiots wouldn’t kneel during the playing of the Anthem. If they want to be Un-American, leave the US and see what life in a Communist country Is like! Stay there, too!

  16. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD with Liberty and Justice for all.

  17. It does seem like the racist is trying to pin their sins on others. Look at the history of the parties then tell me where the wrongs took place. Seek information yourself instead of soaking up what is fed to you. I was taught believe nothing you hear and half what you see and you be responsible enough to dig for the truth. One uses race as an excuse for ones own failure just like gender etc…. many have risen by their own character and perseverance not redistribution like rising to ones potential is to be shameful. I will not watch any sport anymore that pushes racism in the reverse.

  18. Those are my sentiments exactly, Gary. NFL fan for over 50 years. I’ve watched the league change to where it’s virtually “midnight football” – something to keep thugs out of jail. I will not watch anymore if they play a “black national anthem” or refuse to stand and respect our flag.

  19. Thank you Mr. Owens for a GOOD statement! . . . I couldn’t say it better MYSELF. I don’t watch NFL football – I’m TIRED of the Left wing FALSE politics. One Weary Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  20. There is only one national anthem, and that is The star Spangled Banner. There is no room for a black national anthem. If they want their own they can all go to where they came from, where they already have a black national anthem for each of their countries of origin.

  21. I could not have said it better. I looked forward to sports as a diversion to the everyday problems. If I can,t watch sports without political bias. I will be unable to enjoy watching it at all. Politics are for politicians not for sportsman whom make the hefty salaries they enjoy.I urge all people that feel the way I do that sports should not be a platform for political atmosphere to forego watching it.

  22. I have enjoyed watching pro football for many years. I’ll miss it, but I’m not going to watch it any more. Too much negativity; it’s no longer enjoyable. It no longer sets a good example as an important American institution.
    I’ve had enough! I can do without it.

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  24. Exactly & Well said Mr. Owens!! You truly are an example of such a leader of kindness, equality, and you don’t look at color but instead that God’s children are all created equal!! Our Country is so broken right now from the continued hate, violence from the Left liberal’s ! I’m a Minority and I just don’t understand why they want to continue this insane fight they have ! It’s ridiculous and horrible for the future of our children and what they are seeing right now!!! Keep speaking and leading our Country!! God bless you Sir! 🇺🇸💖God bless the United States !🇺🇸💖

  25. Gary I couldn’t have said it any better. Keep politics OUT of sports. Like you I will be tuning OUT.

  26. The American people have got to WAKE up. Our forefathers gave up their homes, wealth and lives for this great country to exist. People are not willing to give up facebook and Twitter to preserve freedom of speech and cry about the possibility of guacamole costs rising when we try to engage in free trade. The fact of the matter is that it is not president Trump who is weak but the American people. We engage in “magical thinking” like children, believing that “this” could never happen in our county as we sit back and watch it happen. There are many socialist utopias in the world Why don’t the America haters just go there? We don’t need to divide and conquer, just leave. It is easy for them, they don’t need to “create” or “transform” anything. Just go!! What could be easier?

  27. Its time for the white people to get off there asses and start defending our country ……
    I don’t watch or go to any game’s any more … My money and times not going to any body
    that not only disrespects the Flag and our country.. Do you know where this is headed . After they tearing down all the statues ,, they will start killing us… The black reporter for the Washington Post wants to start killing white woman, because 53% voted for Trump.
    She wasn’t fired or anything for saying this … Its time for us to act now …..

  28. The American people have got to WAKE up. Our forefathers gave up their homes, wealth and lives for this great country to exist. People are not willing to give up facebook and Twitter to preserve freedom of speech and cry about the possibility of guacamole costs rising when we try to engage in free trade. The fact of the matter is that it is not president Trump who is weak but the American people. We engage in “magical thinking” like children, believing that “this” could never happen in our county as we sit back and watch it happen. There are many socialist utopias in the world Why don’t the America haters just go there? We don’t need to divide and conquer, just leave. It is easy for them, they don’t need to “create” or “transform” anything. Just go!! What could be easier?

  29. I have been a sports fan all my life. I’m 81 years old. I faithfully watch and enjoy all sports. I’m white. I totally agree with Mr Owens but I am not willing to deny myself the experience of watching the worlds greatest athletes do what only they can do. The athletes themselves, be they black, white or brown can decide what the need to do.

  30. NFL – Are you trying to divide America???
    Where is your dignity – are you trying to send Black America backwards, a long standing Democrat policy.

  31. Since the left like protest and boycotts, give them what they want. Boycott games, advertisers and the sports apparel that the owners count on for their profits. Believe me when I say, the billions of dollars they make off professional sports drying up will immediately make change. These greedy owners, are only making change now because they fear huge losses in fan based review. Quickest way, don’t watch on TV and don’t go to the games.h

  32. Right on Burgess Owens. I salute you for your intelligence and Patriotism. I’m sure that there are many Americans who feel as you do. Some do not have the courage to admit it.

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  35. Mr. Owens is right on. If profession sports think they’re above rejection of and by the nation that made it possible for so many to make a great living just playing, I see a huge loss of support. When a large swath of people reject political statements occurring during a time they just want to be entertained and forget about most anything else, the advertising will diminish and their paychecks will also. I will forgo watching the NFL and NBA, as well as NASCAR, which all seem to have caved in to promoting racism by expressing it with their recent actions and/or plans. Professional sporting events are the incorrect forum. I tune in to essentially to tune out and just enjoy, not to be lambasted by anyone’s social or political viewpoints. And if players can’t respect the symbols and traditions of this great nation that represent the freedom that has led them to the grand opportunity they enjoy, my time and support will be spent elsewhere.

    • You guys aren’t alone, not by a long shot. I knew I was not going to support major sports venues any longer when I saw the Marxist movement BLM out there inciting riots and forcing White people to Kneel, lay face down, police officers following their commands. BLM has no interest in poor communities or perceived social injustice, they seek what the Democrat party seeks, erasing our history and forming a socialist, one party leadership and the tearing down the United States of America. When I heard of a so called black anthem being played I thought this is crazy pandering and it’s going to cost them, then I thought, Man if my Father were alive to see this.

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